MEMORIES AND DREAMS
1980-2007

PATRICIA WALDYGO
PAINTINGS

"This eclectic assortment of large and small oil paintings of people and animals spans many years. Every once in a while, I diverged from my main theme of landscapes and seascapes to do artwork depicting mysterious events, omens, or mystical dreams that had personal significance to me. Although most of us are usually caught up in our mundane daily lives, occasionally a hint of something not quite 'normal' intrudes and makes us stop short and question our assumptions about the nature of reality. I've always like this quote by a famous Native American:

Crazy Horse dreamed and went into the world where there is nothing but the spirits of all things. That is the real world that is behind this one, and everything we see here is something like a shadow from that world.
—from J. G. Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks

Many of us were more in touch with our intuition and sense of other realms when we were young. I often wonder what happened to a fellow art student in my college dorm who hung this sign on his door: 'Todd Marx, Metaphysical Engineer.' I hope he managed to keep his skewed view of reality in his old age."

The oil paintings on this page's online fine art gallery are:

1. April Snowstorm—NYC (A magical spring night when a blizzard dumped piles of snow on New York City. I took my Akita Ruthie up to the roof of my East Village building to survey the transformed cityscape.)
2. Four Horses of the Apocalypse (The Apocalypse is always a topical subject nowadays.)
3. Dreaming of a Past Life (This large oil painting extrapolates on the strange vision of a Canadian psychic who visited Negril when I lived in Jamaica. She was going around reading people's auras. When she came to me, she didn't see an aura but instead an old black man's face painted with enigmatic designs. She said that I had been an African medicine man in a past life.)
4. Dream of a Future Memory (Another in the series of dream paintings. While living in Jamaica, I dreamed that I lay asleep on my bed flanked by two animal protectors: a wolf and a tiger. I then arose and met an Asian-looking man in golden robes walking along "the road of life," which is what we jokingly called the dirt road to Negril. I put my hands in anjali position and was about to bow, when he took my hands and placed them on his heart. Years later, when I took Boddhisattva vows with my Tibetan teacher, I realized that he was the man in my dream.)
5. He Is Warned of His Impending Death (This chronicles a supernatural event that happened to a Jamaican neighbor who lived across the road from me in Negril. He woke up terrified after dreaming of three ghosts or apparitions that had visited him, as if warning of something dire. One of the spirits was his dead grandmother. But he didn't understand their message and continued to live his life as before, never examining the possible consequences of his behavior (in particular, his habit of beating his wife). Three days later, the man was found lying dead on the road, stabbed by his wife's brother.)
6. Friends Live Forever in Dreams (This large oil painting is a memorial to some of my human and animal friends who have passed on: Bev, a wonderful young woman in Jamaica, along with two of my dogs.)
7. Detail of Bev.
8. Detail of Ruthie.
9. First Emergence (This small oil painting depicts a dream I had, in which I physically experienced the sensation of my astral body separating from my physical body and watching me as I lay there asleep. A doppelganger. I can only imagine what you're thinking, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.)
10. Home Alone (I could see this small Southwestern oil painting indicating a possible new direction for my artwork. The possibilities are endless. The night painting is set in a typical hilly New Mexico landscape dotted with pinyons and juniper trees, with an exaggerated Milky Way overhead. The wooden shack is similar to those in nearby Madrid, an old mining town turned tourist mecca. The Jimson weed (Datura) in the foreground hints at an altered state of mind, and the blue dog with red eyes represents Cerberus, who guards the entrance to Hades. I was pretty certain that this painting was so weird, no one could relate to it. But along came a woman from Madrid who happens to live in a renovated miner's cabin similar to that in the painting, and whose beloved, deceased dog resembles the one standing in the fiery cabin doorway. She bought the painting. Go figure.

Please refer to the price list to determine which of these watercolor paintings are for sale or have already been sold.


(Keywords: artists who paint nudes, artists who paint the human figure, artists who paint dreams, artists who paint animals.)